White Fire Update – April 10, 2011

WHITE FIRE NEWS RELEASE – April 10, 2011 8:00 PM
Hazard reduction and safety were key objectives on the White Fire today. Incident Commander Mark South would like to remind citizens that the natural terrain has been altered and potential hazards may not be readily visible.

Crews cut and removed hazards trees along roadways and rolled up barbed wire from burned fences to minimize danger to humans and wildlife. The burned area is not officially closed and many visitors have been observed driving through the area to view changes. Fire damaged trees are subject to fall at any time, especially during wind events.

Management of the White Fire will transition from the Type 3 management team to the Lincoln National Forest at 6:00 p.m. on Monday. Non-local fire resources were demobilized late today to be available for other incidents. Local fire crews will continue to patrol, monitor and assist in burned area rehabilitation.

As soon as the fire ground cooled down, members from the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team began assessing the extent of damage to natural resources.
The team is looking at impacts to many resources, including; soils, hydrology, wildlife habitat and archaeology.

Stage II Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Lincoln National Forest as drought-like conditions continue.

Acres: 10,356                                       Start Date: April 3, 2011
Cause: Under Investigation               Location: North of Ruidoso Downs, NM
Containment: 95%                               Fuels Type: Piñon/Juniper, brush/grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged                Resources: 1 Type 1 Crews; 1 Type 2 Crew;                  .                                                                                   1 Helicopter; 11 Engines; 4 Dozers
Total Personnel: 97
Injuries: 0

Specific information on local fire restrictions may be found on the Lincoln National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/R3/Lincoln or by calling any Forest Service office. Additional information on the White Fire may be obtained by calling local Fire Information at 801-896-9788. You may also visit www.inciweb.org and search for the White Fire.